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inoffensive

[in-uh-fen-siv]
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adjective
  1. causing no harm, trouble, or annoyance: a mild, inoffensive man.
  2. not objectionable, as to the senses: an inoffensive odor.

Origin of inoffensive

First recorded in 1590–1600; in-3 + offensive
Related formsin·of·fen·sive·ly, adverbin·of·fen·sive·ness, noun

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1. harmless, innocuous, unoffending.
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inoffensive

adjective
  1. not giving offence; unobjectionable
  2. not unpleasant, poisonous, or harmful
Derived Formsinoffensively, adverbinoffensiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inoffensive

adj.

1590s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + offensive. Related: Inoffensively; inoffensiveness.

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